Idles are streaming their Le Bataclan concert from 2018, which was released as a live album last year entitled A Beautiful Thing, in full on YouTube.
The culmination of the first leg of their maiden world tour that year in support of Joy As An Act Of Resistance, the film is a fitting communal celebration capturing the fierce bond between artist and fan which has made Idles the most important band of their generation.
Joe Talbot and Mark Bowen told us all about the tour and this bond during an interview at the end of 2018; “Joy As An Act Of Resistance exists because to them, art should be about exploration of one’s self,” the feature reads. “It should be fiercely honest, singular reflections on whatever medium is relevant to the artist; at exhibitions during their maiden world tour this year they’ve invited discussion, building a community where the album is addressed as a concept, where the vulnerability of the songs are laid bare to fans in exchange for something of their own.”
‘Then we sell that result and give the money to charity,’ Joe concludes. ‘Which is the perfect example of what we’re trying to do: two parties, acting vulnerably, to a better place for the benefit of society.’”